Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam
Michael Jordan and the World That He Made

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A revealing portrait of a once-in-a-generation athlete and global icon

One of sport’s biggest superstars, Michael Jordan is more than an internationally renowned athlete. As illuminated through David Halberstam’s trademark balance of impeccable research and fascinating storytelling, Jordan symbolizes the apex of the National Basketball Association’s coming of age. Long before multimillion-dollar signings and lucrative endorsements, NBA players worked in relative obscurity, with most games woefully unattended and rarely broadcast on television. Then came Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Jordan’s two great predecessors, and the game’s status changed. The new era capitalized on Jordan’s talent, will power, and unrivaled competiveness. In Playing for Keeps, Halberstam is at his investigative best, delving into Jordan’s expansive world of teammates and coaches. The result is a gripping story of the athlete and media powerhouse who changed a game forever.  This ebook features an extended biography of David Halberstam.

About David Halberstam

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David Halberstam is the author of fifteen books, including The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, The Reckoning, The Breaks of the Game, Summer of '49, October 1964, and The Amateurs. He has received every major journalistic award, including the Pulitzer Prize, and is a member of the Society of American Historians.
Published December 18, 2012 by Open Road Media. 450 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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While Jordan received plenty of notice, he also served notice in 1996 in a playoff game against the powerhouse Boston Celtics, embarrassing Dennis Johnson, the best defensive guard in the game, by scoring a record 63 points.

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The focus is squarely on Jordan's astounding competitiveness and will power, qualities that, Halberstam argues, have as much or more to do with Jordan's success than even his remarkable talent.

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Faced with this daunting task, David Halberstam's new book Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made sometimes resembles Lives of the Saints, sometimes a dire prophecy about worshiping golden calves (as opposed to sterling Bulls), sometimes a detective report that tails everyone who...

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With the sort of canny timing its subject would admire, this book was rushed into stores right on the heels of Michael Jordan's era-ending retirement from basketball.

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